As a follow-up to an earlier article entitled, How Do You Find The Value Of Your Antique Barber Chair?, this post takes on the subject of consulting a professional antique appraiser a bit more.
If you have an antique barber chair that you’d like to sell, but information on the furniture is hard to come by despite substantial research, consider having it appraised by an expert as a last resort. You will end up paying a considerable amount for the appraisal, but it should be well worth it if you believe that the chair you own has something of value.
An antique appraisal is also required for insurance, tax or loan purposes. For example, if you want your home insured along with the antique barber chair in your basement, the insurance firm will need to know the appraised value of the timeless item that’s being covered. Otherwise, it will be treated as any other or under a general policy.
Reputable appraisers make it a point that they are members of one or more of these professional appraisal organizations:
- International Society of Appraisers (ISA)
- American Association of Appraisers (AAA)
- Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)
- Association of Online Appraisers (AOA)
Moreover, some are members of antique dealer associations within their state.
You should keep in mind that prices of antique items vary across different states. An appraiser who’s situated locally is likely to give you a more effective appraisal than a more well-known appraiser in a neighboring region.
There’s one notable site that offers appraisals with payments on a good faith basis. JustAnswer has a handful of Antique Experts who have decades of experience in dealing with a bunch of old stuff, including antique barber chairs. Many of these professionals are members of ISA, USPAP and/or AOA. One of them might be able to provide an adequate appraisal of your antique chair. If you can give links to photos or videos of your chair, then they could possibly give you a more accurate quote. Good luck!